Appearance & Taste
The shape of Zhang Ping Shui Xian is a square brick. It has stout stems with long internodes and the tea leaves are thick. When brewing, the tea leaves are green with a good percentage of rich & brown-red.
The taste is pure and smooth with an elegant orchid aroma. The refreshing floral taste is long-lasting combined with a light scent of honey notes, and you would also have a creamy and luscious feel in your mouth. No sour and bitter taste even if brewing for a longer time.
Adjust the amount of tea based on your own taste
For simple glass vessel/teapot brewing:
- Use 100°C hot water to infuse 1 tea brick for around 2-3mins.
- Re-steep for around one further infusion. (Adjust by personal taste)
For Gongfu Style:
- Warm the Gaiwan/tiny teapot with hot water; discard the water afterward
- Add 1 tea brick
- Pour hot water (100 °C) into the clay teapot / Gaiwan, tilt it, slowly rotate it two times and discard the water (this step is for waking up tea leaves and stimulating the special aroma of the oolong tea)
- Refill clay teapot/Gaiwan with hot water
- Infuse tea for around 30s-40s for the first brew, extending an extra 15s infusion time for the following brew.
- Pour the steeped tea into a serving cup and divided into small teacups and serve
- Repeat 7 times according to personal taste
Zhang Ping Shui Xian Oolong Tea origins from Long Yan, Zhang Ping City, Fujian province. The weather there is mild with abundant rainfall.
The average annual temperature there is around 20.4 ℃, and the average annual sunshine hours are 1853 hours. The soil types there are mainly yellow-red and paddy soil.
These superior natural conditions provide an excellent environment for the cultivation of tea trees.
The Technology of Making Zhang Ping Shui Xian
The process of making Zhang Ping Shui Xian comprises the stages of picking, sun withering, setting, stirring alternated with setting, fixation, rolling, compressing, and drying.
Stirring and setting are the two very important steps. It makes the tea leaves bent into each other, while the cell wall of the tea leaves will be broken, enhancing the oxidation process to some extent. During the process of oxidation, more aromatic substances will be released. The tea makers with more experience can produce a higher quality Zhang Ping Shui Xian.
After these steps, Zhang Ping Shui Xian will be compressed into small square bricks and then be slowly baked for around 5-9 days using charcoal fire.